McGraw-Hill Introduces New Digital Writing Program for Texas Middle and High School Classrooms

Writer's Workspace offers an interactive online approach to developing and refining writing skills for 21st century students

Oct 01, 2010, 14:30 ET from McGraw-Hill Education

DALLAS, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill School Education Group, the leading provider of both print and digital educational materials for students at all grade levels, has developed its first online writing and grammar program for middle and high school students. This program is designed to engage 21st century students through online, interactive writing workshops, while providing rigorous writing and grammar instruction. Glencoe Writer's Workspace will launch in Texas this year and will roll out to other states in 2011.  For more information, visit:

Adhering to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), and College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), Writer's Workspace supports guided writing and grammar instruction through a three-step process. First, students are expected to think about and respond to literature in the genre they will be writing in, then bridge to writing through short and focused exercises, and finally, continue building acquired skills by writing longer compositions.  

Key student components include 24 writing workshops per grade level, interactive student models, and interactive graphic organizers, as well as a comprehensive grammar and composition eBook. Teachers are provided with a management system to review and comment on student writing during any stage of the writing process. The teacher guide offers suggestions to differentiate instruction for a variety of different learners. Teachers can assess student writing using a rubric generator or an online essay grader, which automatically scores students' compositions.

"When we think about K-12 education and college and career readiness, there is perhaps no more important skill than solid writing," said Stephen Mico, senior vice president of McGraw-Hill Education's Literacy and Humanities group. "Our hope is that students in Texas and around the country will develop the foundational skills necessary to write skillfully – from a research paper to a letter of application – which will set them up for a lifetime of academic and professional success."

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